That familiar “cha-CHUNG” sound effect from the opening credits of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” this Thursday will signal the debut of a new season and something else — TV history.
The show’s 21st season launch makes it the longest running prime-time live-action series in U.S. TV history and will finally fulfill a goal that eluded show creator Dick Wolf nine years ago with the original “Law & Order.”
His hope now? Twenty-five seasons, of course. “You keep pushing the goal posts back because you don’t get dealt these hands very often, obviously,” Wolf told The Associated Press. “It’s a continuous thrill to be able to do it.”
You have to imagine the last few years have been tough on George Lucas. Yes, he's sitting on a mountain of money (a modest $6 billion), but Star Wars—his creation that changed science fiction and movies as a whole—has been put in the hands of a massive corporation to see his vision forward without his creative control. To be clear, it's hard to feel too bad for him given the whole $6 billion thing, but still, it's likely not the most enjoyable situation to be in with Disney. And in Disney CEO Bob Iger’s memoir The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company, he reveals that Lucas felt upset and betrayed when he was informed that the House of Mouse would be going in a different direction with his franchise.